QPR struggled to create chances against Blackburn and then missed two sitters, with Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin failing to finish. Rangers had to settle for a 0-0 draw – a win would have taken them to the top of the table.See also:Below-par QPR held to draw by Blackburn’Glaring misses’ blamed after Rangers drawBenayoun deal is done, says QPR’s BondQPR v Blackburn player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Children’s Mandela offers a uniqueperception of the former SouthAfrican president. Author Tyne Doyle and publisher IainBryant at the book launch.(Images: Future by Design) MEDIA CONTACTS • Iain Bryant CE, Future by Design +27 83 445 1111 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Mandela’s old offices restored • Mandela message to spread • New Mandela book releasedShamin ChibbaChildren possess a perspective of the world that can be more profound than those of adults. This is certainly true in The Children’s Mandela, a glossy coffee-table book that collects children’s anecdotes about former president Nelson Mandela.According to Iain Bryant, CE of publishing company Future by Design, the idea of compiling children’s thoughts came about just before Mandela’s 80th birthday, 13 years ago.The author, Tyne Doyle, was conducting an advertising campaign during which she asked children a series of questions about a particular fuel company.Doyle was astonished by the answers and wondered what children would think of someone like Nelson Mandela.“She visited various schools asking children, aged between six and 12, 25 questions and got some amazing answers,” said Bryant.Doyle chose 1 300 of the best answers out of a possible 40 000. Accompanying the text are 250 pictures created by some of the pupils who were quoted in the book.The Childrens Mandela is Doyle’s first foray into writing. The Johannesburg-born copywriter has won numerous awards in the local and international advertising industry, and has also been a finalist at the London International Advertising Awards.The Children’s Mandela is available at all leading booksellers at R345 (US$48) each and to higher volume corporate buyers at R260 ($36).SA’s future leaders share their thoughtsBryant said that though the book has insights by children, it is targeted at the adult reader.He added the book will not only provide the reader with a unique perception of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate but also a glimpse into the minds of the future leaders of South Africa.“Children are conscious about a lot of things,” said Bryant. “Adults underestimate how much children know and take to heart. It is not just one child who knows about things but a whole lot of them. We should not treat them like children. They are like little adults.”He said the book subtly reveals the impact of the former president’s moral conviction on South Africans.Bryant further stated that instilling a strong moral foundation in children at home is not enough and instead everyone, including government and business, should contribute to a moral society.Children’s minds simple yet profoundSimple questions such as “What was Madiba like when he was your age?” “Why did he go to jail?” and “If he was an animal which one would he be?” conjured some of the most original and thoughtful replies.“When asked what politics was, the answers ranged from ‘People fighting a lot’ to ‘It means driving around in a Mercedes-Benz’ and even ‘I want to cry when I hear that word’,” said Bryant.Twelve-year-old Kate said politics is about “Fat people who wear expensive suits and argue all day and get paid for it”.For the question “What did Mandela do on Robben Island?” 11-year-old Bruce said: “He broke rocks but his spirit was never broken, never broken.”Themes that inadvertently surfaced in the answers were crime, striking, litter and child molestation; topics that Bryant said children should not be exposed to.“It makes me angry to think children are exposed to these things,” he said.Reaching bestseller statusIn its first month of publication in November 2010, the book sold almost 3 000 copies and it’s currently on its way to becoming a bestseller.With backing from financial provider Nedbank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Future by Design was able to plan a print run of 7 500 copies for South African readers. However, Bryant believes the international market could demand much more.The marketers have taken to promoting the book on popular social media websites Facebook and Twitter, with one quote tweeted on the latter website each day.
Ngqura was originally intended as a deep-water bulk port to handle manganese and other ore exports, but the focus has shifted to container-handling. (Image: Rob Duker) In the 2009/10 financial year the new 18m-deep port received 85 vessels, which increased to 358 in 2010/11. (Image: Rob Duker) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindi Ndwalaza Public Affairs Port of Ngqura +27 41 507 1618RELATED ARTICLES • New port to kick-start economy • Infrastructure development in South Africa • R200m tomato factory opens in PE • South Africa’s auto industry to turn greenEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s Port of Ngqura in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape is booming, with a more than 400% increase in vessel arrivals since it opened in October 2009.Originally intended as a deep-water bulk port to handle manganese and other ore exports, the focus at Ngqura has shifted to container-handling. A container terminal has now been added for that purpose.The mandate of the original Port Elizabeth harbour still revolves around manganese and other bulk ore.Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) chief executive Tao Morwe shared the organisation’s vision with the Port Elizabeth business community at a business networking session earlier in September 2011. He said the country has the opportunity to develop a strong maritime industry.“We want to create a port authority which is recognised for the primary role it can play in bringing about positive economic development,” Morwe said. TPT handles all terminal operations at South African ports.In the 2009/10 financial year the new 18m-deep port received 85 vessels, which increased to 358 in 2010/11.“The container terminal has a capacity of 65 to 80 tons and is looking at doing 25 to 30 container moves per hour,” said Captain Neil Chetty, acting port manager and harbour master.“The future of this port lies in it becoming a transhipment hub,” he added. However, manganese ore exports may still be transferred from the Port Elizabeth harbour to Ngqura in the future.Supporting infrastructureDredging of the basin has been completed, enabling two 300m ships to berth at the same time.Nearby rail and road transport infrastructure has also been completed, including links to the port, to the 12 000ha Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), to the existing Port Elizabeth-Gauteng main railway line, as well as to the existing N2 highway.Future developments include the possibility of moving the bulk liquid terminal from the Port Elizabeth harbour to Ngqura and talks are under way with the preferred bidder.The bulk liquid terminal in Port Elizabeth will be closed in 2014.Chetty said that the intention is to develop the port further up the Coega River Valley and southwest along the coast. On completion, the port will have a total of 32 berths.Also on the cards is the Kalagadi Manganese Smelter earmarked for zone six at the Coega IDZ and the environmental impact assessment has begun. The smelter will have a capacity of 320 000 tons of high carbon ferromanganese per year.Complementary role“The Port Elizabeth port is strategically well positioned to the deep water Port of Ngqura and will play its part as a gentle cargo port,” said port manager Rajesh Dana.It will continue to deal in moving cargo such as motor cars and related automobile components as well as fresh produce. The port continues to be regarded as the “Detroit of Africa” with its 5 000 parking bay capacity and 159 units per hour being handled. Through its bulk terminal, the harbour moved 4.2-million tons of manganese ore in 2010.“Port Elizabeth has a vessel turnaround time of just 26 hours,” added Dana.Although the Port Elizabeth harbour is South Africa’s fifth largest port in terms of tonnage handled, it has seen a reduction in container movement since the establishment of Ngqura. This was exacerbated by the international economic crisis.But Dana feels the port will play a complementary role to Ngqura in the future.With a growing fishing industry in the area, the Port Elizabeth port will revitalise the 40 ton slipway and improve general road and rail infrastructure.Dana said tourism will also play a more important role in the port’s future identity, with the possibility of increased cruise-ship berthing and the development of the Port Elizabeth waterfront.
The ICC U-19 World Cup is considered to be the stepping stone to conquer the world of cricket going forward and the young Indian side under the watchful eyes of Rahul Dravid will look to leave a lasting impression.India have won the cup three times in 2000, 2008 and 2012. Two of the captains have gone onto represent India and earn laurels for their country while the third one remains one of the brightest cricketers around. In 2000, Mohammad Kaif led India to a victory while Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand captained their young squads with panache to lift the cup in 2008 and 2012 respectively.This time around, the responsibility will be on the bright and able shoulders of Prithvi Shaw, who has already made the world take notice of him with some sparkling performances for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.India, drafted in Group B, along with Australia, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, will open their campaign against the Aussies on January 14 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.WATCHShaw, Shubman Gill, Ishan Porel will draw inspiration from the likes Kohli, Steve Smith — the most modern-day greats, who learnt the ropes in the biennial event, which has gained significance with every passing edition.However, the pressure on them will be comparatively more as the coverage these days is way more than what it used to be in the times of Kaif, Kohli and Chand. But on the flip side, their performances will be there to be seen by millions of people around the world and a good show can make them stars in no time.advertisementPrithvi Shaw has been breaking records for fun as a youngster, and will be looking to be one of the #FutureStars at the Under 19 @cricketworldcup #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/CnE1kFgAUb— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2018With the IPL auction around the corner, the kids will look to give a good performance and hope that they get a contract and play in one of the biggest competitions in the game. And the January 13 to February 3 event will allow them to make a case for themselves.The event begins with Pakistan taking on Afghanistan, and hosts New Zealand facing reigning champions West Indies.The tournament’s stature has risen to such an extent that a great like Rahul Dravid, the current India U-19 coach, would love to have been part of it back in the day.”We never played this tournament in my day. After 1988 they didn’t hold the tournament for 10 years, so I’ve no exposure of playing and being part of this tournament. I tell a lot of these boys that I think it’s a terrific opportunity for them to be a part of this tournament,” Dravid had said in the lead up to the event.Countless number of U-19 players have gone on to represent their countries at the highest level. Each edition unearths oodles of talent and makes them overnight stars, be it Rishabh Pant or Alzaari Joseph from the previous edition in 2016 when three-time champions India lost the final to the West Indies.This edition too has created high expectations with a selected bunch already proving themselves at the first-class level.The likes of India captain Shaw, Gill, Australia captain Jason Sangha, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi, Afghanistan batting sensation Baheer Shah, they all go into the event after making a mark on the domestic circuit back home.Shaw, Gill, Sangha and Shah already have a first-class hundred to their name while left-arm pacer Afridi hogged the limelight by taking eight for 39 in the Quad-e-Azam Trophy, the best figures by a Pakistani on first-class debut.The sensational performances of Baheer Shah too has created a buzz. The 17-year-old averages a staggering 121.77 in his seven-match first-class career, beating even the legendary Donald Bradman (95.14).He has the highest average in the list of players with at least 1000 first-class runs, leaving behind not just Bradman but also Vijay Merchant (71.64) and George Headley (69.86).The exploits of India captain and opener Shaw too are well-documented. After grabbing headlines with his performance in junior cricket, Shaw has graduated to the higher-level so seamlessly that he always belonged there. Therefore, it was not a surprise that he hit a match-winning hundred on Ranji Trophy debut 12 months ago.Adding to the tournament flavor will be the sons of Steve Waugh and Makhya Ntini Austin and Thando who will be turning up for Australia and South African respectively.Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland’s son Will is also in the national squad.With the IPL auction round the corner, there is every possibility that a millionaire could from the U-19 World Cup, just like Pant had a bagged Rs 1.9 crore deal with Delhi Daredevils after his stellar showing in Bangladesh.advertisementThe 22-day tournament, featuring 16 teams and being played across seven venues in the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei, will see 20 matches being broadcast live.(With inputs from PTI)ALSO WATCH:
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspirationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Paqueta is delighted with his move to AC Milan.The former Flamengo midfielder formally completed his move last week.”Kaka was one of my idols and my dream is to do as well at Milan as Kaka did, even if it’s probably not right to make comparisons. I’d simply like to do my job as well as I possibly can.”Paquetà will wear the Number 39 jersey and begin training with Milan ahead of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 16.He will be unveiled by Milan on Tuesday.
Nominations open yesterday for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, an annual international humanitarian award.The Aurora Prize is seeking personal stories of individuals who have put themselves at personal risk for the sake of others. Nominations are open to the public from now until September 9, 2016 at www.auroraprize.com.Anyone can nominate a candidate they believe has overcome great personal challenges to make an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. A description of the Prize criteria and selection process can be found here.Every year, an Aurora Prize Laureate is honored with a US$100,000 grant, as well as a US$1,000,000 award to be donated to charitable organizations that inspired their work.“The Aurora Prize highlights those risking their lives for the less fortunate to combat some of the world’s gravest humanitarian crises,” said Elie Wiesel, Aurora Prize Co-Chair.The first-ever Aurora Prize Laureate, Marguerite Barankitse of Maison Shalom, was honored in April for saving and caring for 30,000 children, orphans and refugees during Burundi’s civil war.“This Aurora Prize was consolation to me for the whole of Burundi’s people,” said Barankitse. “Success is not what you have, but who you are. My mission is to give everyone hope—hope for success, for compassion, and for love. I’m so grateful for the opportunity the Aurora Prize has afforded me, the three organizations I nominated for the award, and the people of Burundi.”Barankitse is one of many remarkable stories. She and her fellow 2016 Aurora Prize finalists — Dr. Tom Catena from Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan; Syeda Ghulam Fatima, the General Secretary of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front in Pakistan; and Father Bernard Kinvi, a Catholic priest in Bossemptele in the Central African Republic — are just a handful of the extraordinary individuals making a difference around the world.“We are honored to recognize Ms. Barankitse’s devotion to the kind of impactful work that saves lives and leaves behind a lasting legacy of good. Ms. Barankitse embodies not only the best of the Aurora Prize, but the very best of humanity,” added Co-Chair George Clooney. “We look forward to continuing the search for more well-deserving heroes this year.”The Aurora Prize is the philanthropic vision of co-founders Vartan Gregorian, Noubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan, who sought to express gratitude and memorialize those whose heroic actions saved lives during the Armenian Genocide more than one hundred years ago. Continuing the cycle of giving, the Aurora Prize carries forward that legacy of gratitude.“Last year’s call for nominations helped to shine a light on a number of remarkable humanitarian heroes,” said Co-Founder and Selection Committee Member Vartan Gregorian. “We’re thrilled to again open the call for nominations, during which we hope to unearth even more inspiring stories of selflessness and hope.”The second annual Aurora Prize will be presented on April 24, 2017, in Yerevan, Armenia.
California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids.